Current site news
New Warriston communal area at car park:
Our new communal space is now open.
This has grown out of a rubble (the foundations of old outbuildings) and weed infested area (bindweed and nettles particularly) that had become unmanageable. For the past few decades, it was a dumping ground for leaves and grass clippings from local parks, which unfortunately included plastic and rubbish.
Following Edinburgh Council's JCB levelling in early winter 2016, volunteer plot holders cleared and covered the area in black plastic in order to eliminate the worst of the perennial weeds. Lifting the plastic this spring has allowed us to develop the new space. It has been turfed and edged with white clover (good for pollinators and consolidating sloping ground). Apple (Katy, Discovery, Sunburst and Clydeside) and pear trees (x2 Williams), a weeping cotoneaster and benches have arrived through donation from plot holders.
Now, as well as being an all year round place to meet friends and other gardeners, it can be used to accommodate site events such as the annual plant sale.
Designed for easy maintenance — the most important factor in relation to its ongoing success — the space will be mowed and pruned and planted by volunteers as it develops. And adjacent, a new leaf mould and grass cuttings compost bay, constructed in February 2018 on the boundary to the car park, makes collecting and delivering material more accessible.
Grass green and lush, the new communal area opened on a sunny Sunday this May in conjunction with our annual plant sale which raised funds to further develop the space and bring other improvements to the site (for example, we are looking into installing bike racks).
Jock's bench, bought with a very kind and generous donation from Ally, his son, now takes pride of place close to his plot.
Images of developments here.
Willow trees come down:
The council has felled a number of willow trees on the south edge of the wood. These were becoming dangerous in high winds. Adjoining plot holders now enjoy more sunshine and air! Logs are free for all.
Watch this space for further developments.
Warriston's communal leaf mould heap beside the cottage:
A fenced bay has been constructed around the leaf mould area. This is for delivered leaves and grass clippings only.
Please keep cars away from this area to allow easy access for plot holders.
Please do not dump any plot weeds, old potatoes or other plant refuse here.
As a Warriston plot holder, you can still enjoy a discount with Kings Seeds on most of their products. Contact them through FEDEGA who have set up the scheme for details. www.fedaga.org.uk/seed-scheme.
Please keep pathways around your plot clear and tidy:
Fences should not lean into paths and narrow their access. Plot holders, are responsible for this maintenance. The council is responsible only for maintenance of the main paths.
2019: Edinburgh Council works PENDING at Warriston:
Council maintenance list 2019, in order of priority.
(Our annual maintenance list is sent to FEDEGA in February, collated with all other Edinburgh site lists, and then sent to the council).
Previous events/site news
Warriston Allotments Association AGM 2018
Our meeting at the Botanic Garden in RGBE included an informative talk by mycologist Stephan Helfer who promises to visit the site next year with some tips on growing mushrooms, a good discussion about plans for Warriston and some excellent homemade cake, coffee and chat. Four new members of the committee signed up bringing our number to a very healthy 15. We'll be busy next year!
The 2019 Allotment Show will be held again in the Methodist Church in Nicolson Square, Edinburgh on Saturday 14 September. Entries will be accepted from 9am until noon. Open to the public from 2pm. Prizes announced at 3.30pm.
Go to FEDAGA for further information and pics www.fedaga.org.uk.
Plotholders Survey 2018 Your ideas and thoughts on bee-keeping at Warriston, use of communal areas etc have been collated. Find a full report here in Roving Reports.
Warriston plot holder in Capital Collections
A west side plot holder has been in touch about an online exhibition which includes images of Warriston. Librarian Clare Padgett says, 'Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know about our latest online exhibition on Capital Collections which gives a wee glimpse into the love of community gardening at Warriston Allotments:
We’ve also just blogged about the exhibition here:
Completed Edinburgh Council works at Warriston:
Walls on east and west sides rebuilt.
Trees on east/west site cut down or trimmed.
Drainage at woods cleared.
Fenced bay erected around leaf mould area.
New plot holders welcomed on site.
1. Trees cut down in centre of main plot, in several plots and at the margins.
2. Plots continue to be monitored by the council regularly and new tenants allocated to vacant plots.
3. Burst pipe fixed at east side.
1. The 'old' communal leaf mould area levelled and fenced.
2. Extension of water supply to plots 2-6.
3. Downpipe on cottage repaired.